Includes the local time zone, typical hours of business and a list of holidays in the country/economy.
Last Published: 7/5/2017
Most of Brazil observes daylight savings time from October to February – with the exception of the Northeast region, which does not observe daylight savings. Note, however, that the U.S. and Brazil do not change daylight savings at the same time. When daylight savings is in effect in the United States, i.e. March to November, Brazilian time is one hour ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. When daylight savings is in effect in Brazil, i.e., October to February, Brazilian time is three hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. During the changeovers to and from daylight savings time, there are a few weeks in February-March and October-November when Brazil time is two hours ahead of Eastern time in the U.S.

While office hours in Brazil are generally 8 am to 6 pm, decision-makers begin work later in the morning and stay later in the evening. The best times for calls on a Brazilian executive are between 10 am and noon, and 3 pm and 5 pm, although this is less often the case in São Paulo where appointments are common throughout most of the day.
January, February, and July are difficult months in which to schedule business meetings with high-level decision-makers.

Schoolchildren are on vacation; hence many families choose this time to take their long vacations. Brazilians go back to work after the Carnaval holiday (which usually falls in late February or early March).
 
Brazil’s national public holidays in 2017
 
DateWeekdayHoliday NameHoliday Type
1-JanSundayNew Year's DayNational Holiday
25-FebSaturdayCarnival SaturdayObservance
26-FebSundayCarnival SundayObservance
27-FebMondayCarnival MondayOptional Holiday
28-FebTuesdayCarnival TuesdayOptional Holiday
1-MarWednesdayCarnival end (until 2pm)Optional Holiday
20-MarMondayMarch equinoxSeason
14-AprFridayGood FridayNational Holiday
16-AprSundayEaster SundayObservance
21-AprFridayTiradentes DayNational Holiday
1-MayMondayLabor Day / May DayNational Holiday
14-MaySundayMother's DayObservance
12-JunMondayBrazilian Valentine's DayObservance
15-JunThursdayCorpus ChristiOptional Holiday
21-JunWednesdayJune SolsticeSeason
13-AugSundayFather's DayObservance
7-SepThursdayIndependence DayNational Holiday
22-SepFridaySeptember equinoxSeason
12-OctThursdayOur Lady Aparecida/Children's DayNational Holiday
15-OctSundayTeacher's DayObservance
28-OctSaturdayPublic Service HolidayOptional Holiday
2-NovThursdayAll Souls' DayNational Holiday
15-NovWednesdayRepublic Proclamation DayNational Holiday
20-NovMondayBlack Consciousness DayObservance
21-DecThursdayDecember SolsticeSeason
24-DecSundayChristmas Eve (from 2pm)Optional Holiday
25-DecMondayChristmas DayNational Holiday
31-DecSundayNew Year's Eve (from 2pm)Optional Holiday
 
 

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